The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) has awarded one of eleven Craft Research Fund grants for 2015-2016 to Kevin Murphy, Andrew W. Mellon Chair in the Humanities and Professor and Chair of History of Art. The $6,500 project grant will provide support for Murphy’s research on Scott Nearing (1883-1893) and Helen K. Nearing (1904-1995) and the back-to-land movement of the 1960s and 1970s.
The goals of this peer-reviewed grant are to support innovative research on critical issues in craft theory and history; to explore the interrelationships among craft, art, design and contemporary culture; to foster new cross-disciplinary approaches to scholarship in the craft field; and to advance investigation of neglected questions on craft history and criticism in the United States.
“These researchers are laying an important and solid foundation for the study and interpretation of craft in this country by publishing books, articles, and exhibition catalogues produced in part by the Craft Research Fund,” said Stephanie Moore, executive director of CCCD. “Our mission is to advance the understanding of craft by encouraging and supporting research, critical dialogue, and professional development.
*Structural Study (courtesy of the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design)